Today's Opinions

  • Work of Art - Please don’t tell me yet

    “I don’t wanna hear it!”         

    Usually we hear that refusal when 1) the utterer of the admonition believes, “Don’t confuse me with the facts; my mind is made up.”
    We also hear it in the context of refusing to hear the bad news: a firing, a loss of a game or an announcement that follows, “Hey Dad, you remember that can of paint on the shelf by the car in the garage?”

  • Voting in the runoffs

    We anticipate, on the eve of Las Vegas’ first runoff election, that the turnout will be low. Most runoffs in other locales turn out fewer voters than the election that preceded them, and that’s likely to be the case here in Las Vegas.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 16, 2012
  • Editor's Note - A letters ‘explainer’

    This is what people in the news business call an “explainer” piece, where I offer up insights about how letters to the editor get published here at the Optic. Whether you’re a letter writer or simply a letter reader, hopefully you’ll find this informative.

    I have the privilege of handling the letters sent in for publication. In a typical week, I get a steady flow of letters, mostly by e-mail, a few typed up and dropped off or mailed in, and one or two a week sent in someone’s handwriting.

  • Apologizes for statement

    I wish to sincerely apologize to the readers of the Optic for a recent statement I made that  could easily be misinterpreted.  My unfortunate remarks were not meant to insult the people of Las Vegas in any way.   

    Since returning to Las Vegas my wife and I have met so many wonderful people who have made us feel a part of this community. This is why I felt compelled to run for City Council.  Let’s make Las Vegas a better place to live.

    Again, I offer my sincere apology to all.

  • Mayor takes credit for too much

    Our form of city government — mayor and four city councilors is, supposedly, a team effort to complement the voters and tax-payers of our community.

    Many times this three-legged stool collapses due to the rejection of constituents’/taxpayers’ input.

    Our mayor, Alfonso Ortiz, never tires of taking all the credit for any and all accomplishments. Even “accomplishments” that have not been completed, such as the “beautification” of Grand Avenue, and the Moreno Street Water Reclamation Project, which is still a mud puddle.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - April 13, 2012

    THUMBS DOWN! GARCIA’S TROUBLES. It was a bad week for Thomas Garcia, who is juggling three high-profile roles these days — as Mora Independent School District superintendent, a candidate for the District 8 state Senate position and as a District 68 state representative out of Ocaté.

  • Editorial Cartoons - April 13, 2012